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Where Wilson-Raybould testified the spectre of massive job losses, partisanship, and references to the Prime Minister electoral fortunes in discussions about SNC Lavalin, Butts rebutted the government was only reminding the Attorney General the legislation was new, and the social costs were tremendous.
Wilson-Raybould said the same last week but declined to say she had confidence in Trudeau.
Wilson-Raybould's testimony suggested she was removed from her post as Attorney General and demoted to the position of Veteran Affairs Minister, a position from which she resigned.
During his testimony, Butts repeatedly referred to text message exchanges between himself and Wilson-Raybould, emails, and his recollections of meetings, including a December 5 dinner at the Chateau Laurier.
"The evidence of efforts by politicians and/or officials to pressure the former Attorney General to intervene in the criminal case involving SNC-Lavalin, and the evidence as to the content of those efforts have raised serious concerns for me", Philpott wrote.
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But in her February 27 testimony, Wilson-Raybould directly implicated him, alleging he was one of the senior officials who referenced Quebec jobs and political fortunes in their arguments for reconsidering a remediation agreement for SNC-Lavalin.
Both she and Philpott have said they intend to remain in the Liberal caucus, despite no longer having confidence in the prime minister. The agreement would have allowed the company to pay reparations but avoid a criminal trial on charges of corruption and bribery.
She told the Prime Minister she anxious that Wilson-Raybauld might wonder if the move was connected to the SNC-Lavalin affair. Wilson-Raybould told Wernick that she "was having thoughts of the Saturday Night Massacre" and Wernick said he "was anxious about a collision" between the prime minister and the attorney general.
The firm, which employs 9,000 people in Canada, is based in the province of Quebec, where Trudeau's Liberals need to pick up seats to win October's federal election. "Had Minister Brison not resigned, Minister Wilson-Raybould would still be Minister of Justice today".
Benoit Poirier, an analyst at Desjardins Capital Markets, told the Globe and Mail, "he believes SNC-Lavalin could handle any potential ban from federal contracts" because "management indicated to him in a meeting that it would be able to diversify the balance of its exposure away from Canada to other regions over a three-year period". "It reveals deep division in the Cabinet about how to deal with Jody Wilson-Raybould".